A pair of George I carved walnut stools oval stools upholstered in 18th century needlework
Lot 101
A pair of George I carved walnut stools oval stools
upholstered in 18th century needlework
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 41,429) inc. premium
Lot Details
The Collection of an Architect; The Old Rectory, Kent
A pair of George I carved walnut stools oval stools
upholstered in 18th century needlework
The drop in seats with floral and foliate patterned needlework, The cabriole legs with bifurcated foliate carved lappets to the knees and pad feet, 55cm wide, 41cm deep, 44cm high (21 1/2in wide, 16in deep, 17in high). (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Jessie Woolworth Donahue Collection:
    Sold Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 28 April 1972, lot 376

    Related early Georgian oval walnut stools are recorded in the Percival Griffiths collection (see R.W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II,, 1929, p. 128, figs. 105 and 106 and P. 130, fig. 109).

    The present lot belongs to a group of early 18th century English walnut stools of oval form which are significantly rarer than their rectangular counterparts. Furthermore the incidence of surviving pairs is even less prevalent. In addition to this the distinctive bifurcated lappets to the knees appear to be without parallel in the major English furniture reference works encompassing this date.

    Examples of single oval stools offered at auction include a George II walnut example, possibly by Giles Grendey, sold Christie's New York, 'The Van Cliburn Collection', 17 May 2012, lot 113 and Christie's London, 9 March 2006, lot 33.
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